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Healing Diet ( GAPS, Anti Inflammatory Diet, Candida Diet, Healing Recipes )
There are a number of diet protocols that have been reported to “cure” everything from eczema to autism. Because every person is different, we don’t prescribe any one dietary program as a cure all for everyone. However, there are some common threads found among the most popular nutrition programs used to treat inflammatory conditions.
Specifically, there are three diets to consider:
1. The GAPS Diet (Gut and Psychology Syndrome) has been widely reported to actually cure eczema, seasonal allergies, food allergies, colic, Crohn’s disease, Autism, ADD/ADHD, bi-polar disorder, and many more. Although it does have its nay-sayers, it has by far the most devoted following among all healing diets.
Developed by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, MD, MMedSci, it is based on the premise that the functions of the digestive system and the brain are directly linked, and thus auto-immune and other disorders may actually be cured in the gut.
The GAPS diet begins with a strict diet of bone broth, meat broths, ginger tea, and probiotics for a period of time before gradually adding in eggs, fermented vegetables, homemade yogurt, and other easily digestible foods. As the gut begins to heal, other foods are slowly introduced until the patient is asymptomatic and can tolerate a normal diet once again without the initial problem recurring. Although it varies based on the individual’s symptoms and health concerns, the typical or recommended time span for the entire diet program is 2 years.
The full program can be found here: http://gapsdiet.com
In our opinion, the GAPS Diet should be considered for people who have trouble tolerating a number of foods, who battle severe digestive issues, or have struggled to overcome a chronic ailment to no avail. Of course this should be undertaken with the help of a physician who understands the digestive system and nutrition based healing methods. The 2 year diet plan may be challenging to adhere to, but well worth it if it can offer freedom from a lifetime of disabling symptoms and prescription drugs.
2. The Anti-Inflammatory Diet was developed by Dr. Weil and made popular on the Dr. Oz Show. It differs from the GAPS diet in that it is intended to be a complete and permanent lifestyle change, not a prescriptive diet plan to be followed for a period of time.
In general, the guidelines for the Anti-Inflammatory Diet fall in line with what could be considered “clean” eating – consume as much fresh food as possible, minimize or eliminate processed and fast foods, and eat an abundance of fruits and vegetables. However, Dr. Weil recommends soy foods, which have been proven to cause hormonal imbalances and many other health problems. Because of the popularity of Dr. Oz and Dr. Weil, we included the diet here.
A good guideline for an anti-inflammatory diet without unhealthy foods like soy can be found at the Natural News website: http://www.naturalnews.com/039688_inflammation_immune_reaction_remedies.html
3. The Candida Diet is intended as a short-term diet plan to heal, as you might guess, candida overgrowth (aka yeast). Many people who struggle with mysterious ailments, including fatigue, foggy memory, headaches, and recurring yeast infections, may not realize that the culprit is likely an overgrowth of candida.
The three main elements of this diet include the elimination of sugars and yeast products in order to starve out the candida (which feeds on sugar), the addition of probiotics (beneficial bacteria in an effort to combat or tame the yeast overgrowth), and the addition of natural antifungals in order to break down the candida cells. It, too, is a rather strict diet protocol that many report as effectively curing their candida symptoms. However, GAPS diet proponents claim that the Candida diet does not go far enough in healing the gut, which was likely how the candida overgrowth occurred in the first place. They claim that the GAPS diet is a more effective dietary plan because it not only heals the lining of the gut, but it also destroys any candida overgrowth that may also be present within the gut.
Over all, when followed properly each of the above diet plans will greatly improve your digestion and overall nutrition. For those who simply battle with common ailments from time to time, or who recognize the need to improve their overall nutrition, an anti-inflammatory lifestyle (as outlined by Natural News) may be a more realistic and achievable diet to follow. You may simply need to take some time to see what works for you by eliminating the most allergy-inducing foods first, and then re-introducing them as your body tolerates.
As always, you should consult your physician before commencing any new diet plan, to ensure your personal nutritional needs are being met.
4. The Healing Recipes
Constipation – Juice Recipes: Juice recipes for constipation
Healthy Natural Weight Loss – Juicing Recipes for Weight Loss
Bone Broth Recipe – Home Remedies: Bone Broth Recipe – Superfood
Broken Bones – Powerful Healing Foods for Broken Bones
Healing from Antibiotics – Fix your immune system
Natural Remedies for Crohn’s Disease – Natural Remedies for Crohn’s Disease
Home Remedies for Acid Reflux – Get your GUT in order
For a great book on healing and building mental power – Gut and Psychology Syndrome: Natural Treatment for Autism, Dyspraxia, A.D.D., Dyslexia, A.D.H.D., Depression, Schizophrenia